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Samsung's new Portable SSD T5 is fast and mostly affordable
August 20, 2017, 1:04 pm

With prices tumbling and capacities increasing, it might seem like the right time to buy a portable Solid State Drive (SSD). Also, most new computers these days have fast USB 3.1 connections to take full advantage of the speed of SSD storage.

The latest offering from Samsung, the new Portable SSD T5 has speeds up to 540 MBps, and includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, in addition to a USB-C to USB-A cable for backwards compatibility. That speed is on par with Samsung’s desktop SATA SSDs, although still a good bit slower than the newer M.2 drives.

New portable SSD are a lot smaller than the standard 2.5-inch portable hard drive — the T5 is about the size of a business card, and weighs around 50 grams. It also has AES 256-bit hardware encryption, if you are worried about security, and comes with a three-year warranty.

Samsung is offering the drive in four sizes and two colors: 250GB and 500GB in ‘Alluring Blue’, and 1TB and 2TB in ‘Deep Black’. Like with any SSD, the price climbs astronomically for the higher capacities — the 2TB drive starts at $800. But price for the base level 250GB is a more affordable $130. Other SSD manufacturers, including Western Digital, offer similar capacity drives for around $100.



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